The Eagles won yesterday let’s get to the good news
It's only one game, but the jury is still out on Griffin, while Wentz flashed all the potential of a franchise quarterback — which the Eagles already seemed convinced he is.
Some of the Browns already are too.
"He's awesome,'' said Browns receiver Terrelle Pryor. "I'll tell you guys right now, I was just talking with him and a couple people, that kid's going to be a baller. (The Eagles) got one. I just liked his patience, he was great, he did an awesome job. He looked like he'd been there before.''
6) The 'No Excuses Necessary' Award: Wentz
By my count, the Eagles had six drops today. Or was it five? Whatever it was, it was too many, as it usually is. Didn't matter. That was one of those games where you'd make excuses for Sam Bradford because receivers dropped passes. Wentz didn't need those excuses.
Although Wentz’s downfield accuracy was impressive, one of his best attributes against the Browns was his willingness to stick in the pocket and step into the throw even though he knew a big hit was coming. Before his touchdown toss to Agholor, Wentz stood tall in the face of a blitz up the middle on fourth down. He completed the pass over the middle, and extended the drive that turned a potential turnover on downs into seven points.
"This is who he is," Eagles coach Doug Pederson said of Wentz, after a head-coaching debut that was as impressive as that of his QB. "This is his DNA . . . He prepared like a five-, six-year veteran, and obviously, he played that way."
"He enjoyed himself from Day 1, when he got here. He knew what was in front of him, and he just continued to get better," said Nelson Agholor, who caught Wentz's longest completion, a 35-yard third-quarter touchdown dropped softly into the right corner of the end zone. "You're going to see a guy who's going to prepare every day to be special. The results? I don't know what they'll be; you can't tell the future, but I know what the process is. It's one of somebody that wants to be special."
But Wentz's rookie season is ultimately about his improvement and capitalizing on the time that the Sam Bradford trade afforded the Eagles. Ten days ago, he wasn't even supposed to dress for Sunday's opener, and, best-case scenario, play this season.
And here he was three hours before kickoff, sitting on the bench, going over the playbook, and seemingly as calm as one of the first responders who held the American flag during the national anthem.
"I wasn't really nervous. I really don't get nervous," Wentz said. "I like to listen to worship music before the game to kind of calm my nerves. I just go out and have fun. It's a game and I try to enjoy it."